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Next Entry in FEAR Series Will be an Online Multiplayer Game

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Whether you want it or not, the next FEAR game will be free-to-play and online multiplayer only.

After WB's acquisition of Monolith Productions, the developer was put to work on multiplayer-only games such as Gotham City Imposters and Guardians of Middle-earth. As a result, WB handed the work of the FEAR series over to Day 1 Studios, which had worked with Monolith to port the original game over to consoles. FEAR 3's reception was lukewarm at best. Though it was a decent shooter, it failed to capture the horror elements of the other two games in the series. 

Now, online games publisher Aeria Games has picked up the series for a free-to-play online multiplayer sequel. The game will feature team-based combat modes and ten different maps. 

"We are thrilled to present the next entry in one of the most popular horror franchises of the last decade," stated Aeria Games' vice president of PC games Tom Nichols. "FEAR Online will bring back the tense, heart-pounding action that the series is known for and make it accessible to a huge online community of competitive players."Those interested in the new FEAR Online game can sign up for the beta via the game's official website. 

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    bustapr , July 26, 2013 9:20 PM
    I think this is just a cash in on the name. why in the hell would anyone make an F2P multiplayer game based on an IP that is ONLY known for its single player horror elements(I know they had multiplayer, but noone really cared). i just see this as another F2P FPS game in the sea of other F2P FPS out there. complete with horrid microtransaction P2W system and rampant hackers every day.
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    Jim90 , July 26, 2013 10:04 PM
    Or, do they really mean (benefit of the doubt):

    "We are thrilled turn one of the most popular horror single player franchises of the last decade into a meaningless multiplayer experience that, by sheer luck and coincidence, requires practically no effort and story telling on our part"

    How to destroy a true gaming experience.
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    abbadon_34 , July 26, 2013 11:07 PM
    Well this sucks.
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    Sana Ali , July 27, 2013 1:03 AM
    Free online games:
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    Hunter_Killers , July 27, 2013 1:28 AM
    The funny part about this is that the original FEAR's MP is free without all the cancer of F2P.
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    rawoysters , July 27, 2013 11:53 AM
    This game was great for 2005 when it first came out. They've squeezed about everything they possibly could out of it. I don't see the point in this, probably a waste of time.
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    alidan , July 27, 2013 6:40 PM
    wasn't fears multiplayer really good? i didn't have a computer to play it at the time, but did play the console version when it was new, and damn, did it beat halo bad in that sense.

    i don't really mind them taking the engine/gunplay and making a shooter out of it, it was one of the last really good ones in that respect, and for what, the last 2 games, did horror really come into play at all?
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    bryonhowley , July 28, 2013 3:14 AM
    Well there goes another game right down the crapper! Multiplayer only is a no go for me all games should be single player and then add multiplayer if time permits period. Multiplayer only means developers are just to lazy to make a good quality game.
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    jurassic1024 , July 28, 2013 5:51 AM
    "We are thrilled to present the next entry in one of the most popular horror franchises of the last decade"

    Pfft, only the first one was good... really good. The last 2 SUCKED.
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    unionoob , July 28, 2013 8:52 PM
    F.E.A.R 1, EP and PM Multyplayer was pretty good while I did not like Fear 2 and Fear 3 Multyplayer.

    But really, don't think anyone else but original Monolith team what made first F.E.A.R, Condemned 2 and AvP 2 is capable of making decent follow up for F.E.A.R franchise.
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